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Thai Politics: Between democracy and its discontents

9 August 2016

After two coups, a decade of political strife and this week’s referendum vote in favour of further military involvement in government, Thai politics deserves serious analysis, grounded in facts and...

How the press can power Myanmar’s democracy

8 August 2016

As a voracious consumer of Myanmar journalism over some time, I am fascinated by how the country’s transition to freedom of the press takes root and prospers. Progress toward press freedom has...

Cashing in

8 August 2016

Jokowi’s second reshuffle is a win for the president’s loyalists and financiers. Political campaign financing in contemporary Indonesia is neither transparent nor accountable. State subsidisation of...

Navigating China’s archives

2 August 2016

Restricted access to the Chinese Foreign Ministry archive is a great loss for China scholars. This June I published my first book, China–Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War...

 A CHILD WAITS OUTSIDE THE MAUSOLEUM ON MARTYRS' DAY. PHOTO: FINANCIAL TIMES/EPA

Martyrs’ Day a wake-up call

27 July 2016

For the first time, it was held under a National League for Democracy-backed government. After several decades of absence, it was also the first time the commander-in-chief attended. And, for the...

Social cohesion and scandal cycles in Malaysia

20 July 2016

Mahathir on the divisions tearing a country, the opposition and politics apart. “I’m afraid the whole thing revolves around Najib,” former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said last month...

Revisiting country risk for Myanmar

19 July 2016

**Will it be boom or bust for companies investing in a newly democratic Myanmar? ** After Myanmar’s 2015 elections, the international credit rating agency, Moody’s, initially issued a very positive...

Myanmar’s 2016 batch of babies

18 July 2016

In 2016, around a million babies will be born in Myanmar. Too often we forget the prospects and possibilities of these new lives, instead focusing almost all our attention on those who have already...

Source: Myanmar Times

Keeping friends close, Thailand closer

7 July 2016

It says something profound about the region that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s first international trips as state counsellor and foreign minister have required photo ops with Southeast Asian dictators....

Brexit campaigner Michael Gove will run to be the next Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister.  Photo: Jack Taylor

Brexit shows the vandals aren't at the gates; they’re the ones in power

4 July 2016

Political leaders who jettison facts undermine the very fabric of our democracies and threaten our future, writes Mathew Davies. In the run-up to Britain’s referendum on the EU, Michael Gove,...

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